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Simmons is magnetic as Charlotte, her lovely, delicate face reflecting the inner turmoil of a woman battling for sanity after she walks out of a mental institution.

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Synopsis
Charlotte Bronn (Jean Simmons) walks out of a mental institution and back into the emotionally stunted life that sent her there, trapped in a chilly relationship with a husband (Dan O’Herlihy) who seems far more interested in Charlotte’s stepsister Joan (Rhonda Fleming) than in his wife. Charlotte clings to the hope that she is improving. But on the night of an elegant party, dressed and coiffed in an unsettling attempt to resemble Joan, she loses her frail self-control…and finally faces the truth about her marriage. Simmons is magnetic as Charlotte, her lovely, delicate face reflecting the inner turmoil of a woman battling for sanity. Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. costars as a professor who offers Charlotte the compassionate support she needs, if she has the courage to accept it. Veteran Mervyn LeRoy (Random Harvest, The Bad Seed) directs this poignant and penetrating tale of a mind and a marriage at a crossroads.

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Home Before Dark
 
4.6

(based on 8 reviews)

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Pros

  • Great cinematography (4)
  • Emotionally engaging (3)
  • Engaging characters (3)
  • Talented cast (3)

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    5.0

    Finally!

    By littlered

    from Beverly, MA

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        • Adult Viewers

        Comments about Home Before Dark:

        I had been searching for this movie on DVD for quite a while. What a pleasant surprise to finally find it on the Warner Brothers site. It was filmed in my hometown when I was young and I recall watching the filming. I was too young to see it in the movie theater when it was released. I always wondered how the movie turned out. Now I know.
        The quality of this DVD is amazing considering how long ago this movie was made. Good job WB!

         
        4.0

        I was so happy to find this DVD, at last

        By Grandma

        from Walnut Creek, CA

        About Me Movie Buff

        Pros

        • Efrem Zimbalist JR
        • Entertaining
        • Great Cinematography
        • Jean Simmons

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            Comments about Home Before Dark:

            The first time I viewed this movie, it made an impression on me. For years, I have searched for a copy of it, but somehow never found one until now. I was delighted to find it. Jean Simmons was wonderful in this role.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            At Long Last

            By Sturgis

            from Albuquerque, NM

            About Me Movie Buff

            Pros

            • Emotionally Engaging
            • Engaging Characters
            • Great Cinematography
            • Great Simmons Performance
            • Original Story
            • Talented Cast

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                Comments about Home Before Dark:

                This film has lingered in memory and haunted me since I saw it in late fifties. After years of catching occasional showings of poor prints on TV, it is wonderful to have this clear crisp remaster. A truly intelligent script, fine direction, and the performance of a lifetime from Jean Simmons raise what might have been a soapy melodrama to a truly great film. This story of a beleaguered and self-deceived housewife resonates far beyond its proto-feminist, Doll's House, Cinderella plot line to resonate with anyone (woman or man) who has yearned for the love of those close to them and bought into self-destructive stories about who and what they should be to earn that love. This film is one for the ages!!

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Chilling portrait of marriage

                By Chris

                from Hamden, CT

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                Pros

                • Emotionally Engaging
                • Engaging Characters
                • Great Cinematography
                • Original Story
                • Talented Cast

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                  Best Uses

                  • Adult Viewers

                  Comments about Home Before Dark:

                  This long-neglected melodrama is an amazingly insightful portrait of marriage, especially the way that it depends upon deceit. The husband's manipulation of the wife may recall Gaslight, but what is achieved here is more realistic. Although the plot devices may seem extreme, they work well in describing the lengths to which men go to dominate and deceive women.

                   
                  4.0

                  DVD offers a good transfer of the film

                  By J.Gabin

                  from Pasadena, CA

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                  Pros

                  • Emotionally Engaging
                  • Engaging Characters
                  • Great Cinematography
                  • Talented Cast

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                    Comments about Home Before Dark:

                    The remastered edition of "Home Before Dark" does not disappoint: Black levels were rich, details are nice a crisp, and even the audio track clean. WB Archive did a nice job!
                    Now we really can enjoy J.Simmons Great Performance with this good print!

                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent Movie

                    By utahmounains

                    from Utah

                    About Me Avid Reader, Collector, Movie Buff

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                    Pros

                    • Classic
                    • Drama

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Emotional

                      Comments about Home Before Dark:

                      This is my favorite movie. It is the emotional story of a woman bringing herself back from a nervous breakdown The characters and actors do a fantastic job. Jean Simmons is especially good. The characters are well drawn and you get very involved with them. When it is over, you feel empowered and happy because the Jean Simmons character takes control of her life and you know her future will be bright. Highly recommend.

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Compelling Jean Simmons...

                      By TheVid

                      from Colorado Springs

                      About Me Audiophile, Collector, Movie Buff

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                      Pros

                      • Engaging

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Theater

                        Comments about Home Before Dark:

                        Jean Simmons is excellent here, delivering a take on the bourgeoise nervous breakdown that is both honest and believable. The film explores middle-class hypocrisy with a heavy hand but Simmons brings a sensitivity to her character that grounds the picture and the melodrama; Mervyn LeRoy directs with skill.
                        The monochrome print has density and crispness, and the monaural sound is solid, justifying the remastered moniker.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Worth the wait

                        By OldMovieMaven

                        from Ontario,CA

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                        • Classic

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                          • Everyone

                          Comments about Home Before Dark:

                          I couldn't believe my luck when I found this movie was available - I've been searching for it for a very long time.

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